Collaborative project on development of industrial kilns. From left: Fredrik Persson, SP, Tommy Vikberg, SP and Margot Sehlstedt-Persson, Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Kersti Bergkvist. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Automated timber drying increases efficiency

Published: 21 June 2016

Luleå University of Technology and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden collaborates in a new project in industrial wood drying with the aim of the drying process to become more self-regulating.

– With this project, we can work long-term with the development of industrial wood drying, both applied and with research, which is important in order for Sweden to maintain a leading position in the field, says Margot Sehlstedt-Persson, associate professor of Wood Science and Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

Handles variations of wood

Margot Sehlstedt-Persson is leading the project along with Tommy Vikberg at SP, and both have many years of experience of the industrial development in the timber industry and the research conducted at the university. The goal of the project is that several of the natural occurring variations in wood raw material can be handled more automatically with enhanced capacity, quality and efficiency as a result. In previous projects, progress has been made, for example, with mean value control of kiln.

– Mean value control is a good example that the simple ideas are often the best. The response from the industry has been fantastic and it's rewarding that our work really makes a difference, says Fredrik Persson at SP, who will also work in the project.

Create new jobs

Development of industrial wood drying is a three-year sub project within Träinnovation i Norr (Tiin), operated at the Centre of excellence Wood Centre North at Luleå University of Technology. Tiin is funded by the The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the participating small and medium-sized enterprises (SME’s) and the TCN-affiliated forestry and wood industries.

One of the objectives of Tiin is that SME’s should be involved in creating new jobs. This can include timber companies that process wood from sawmills and suppliers to the woodworking industry. An SME that is connected to the sub-project of industrial wood drying is Valutec, a supplier of drying kilns.

– SME companies' participation creates conditions that the project will be developed further and that the results more widely and more rapidly will benefit the industry, explains Margot Sehlstedt-Persson.


Margot Sehlstedt-Persson

Sehlstedt-Persson, Margot - Associate Professor

Organisation: Wood Science and Engineering, Wood Science and Engineering, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
Phone: +46 (0)910 585305